Mentors on the Fly

MAWA has a roster of artists who are available on an hourly basis to help you with grant aps, critical feedback, or advice on a project. Rates are $35/hour. If you need some short-term mentoring, contact the mentor of your choice directly and let the mentoring begin!

  • Bev Pike

    Bev Pike’s practice encompasses painting, artist-books, feminist satire and video.  Her large-scale paintings have shown across Canada and are in numerous private and public collections.  Her artist books are in many international collections. Pike has written hundreds of funding and exhibition submissions for individuals, programs and organizations in Canada.  She offers strategic advice on compiling a dossier, writing and editing of artist statements/proposals, artist talk advice, and experience in art scene ethics and activist politics. She can also provide studio visits and aesthetic critique. Pike is a trained archivist and is willing to share advice on information management practices, as well as her historical/archival knowledge. Contact by phone at 204-284-0616.

  • Diana Thorneycroft

    Diana Thorneycroft taught at the University of Manitoba's School of Art for 25 years and has been a mentor in MAWA's Foundation Mentorship Program five times. She is a multi-disciplined artist working in photography, drawing, sculpture and installation, and has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. Due to her extensive experience, she can provide advice on pretty well anything art related, be it grant writing, assessing work, applying for exhibitions or how to draw a cat. Contact by email at

  • Jo Poortenaar

    Jo Poortenaar is a gallery preparator and installation technician who has installed artwork at a variety of museums, galleries and artist-run centers in Winnipeg, including the Winnipeg Art Gallery, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Plug in ICA and MAWA. Poortenaar is also working as an art handler for Palka Fine Art Services.  Hanging art is easier said than done. Have a tricky installation problem? Get advice from a pro! Contact by email at

  • Kari Hasselriis

    Kari Hasselriis has been teaching grammar and writing since 1997. As a mentor, she can help with any aspect of the writing process. Her goal is to help the mentee become a stronger, more confident writer. Questions about anything – planning, sentence structure, grammar in general – can be answered with as little or as much detail as the mentee wants. She is also available to edit and copyedit completed documents. Contact by email at

  • Leah Decter

    Leah Decter is an interdisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, video and performance, as well as socially engaged practices. She has mentored in MAWA’s Foundation Mentorship Program and is currently supervising at the graduate level for Transart Institute. In addition to exhibiting her work internationally, Leah has significant experience engaging with a range of communities in a variety of settings, and managing complex projects with extensive budgets. She can provide feedback to artists at any level on artwork, exhibition development and grant/proposal/statement writing and can advise artists or community organizations on development/assessment of community/socially engaged projects. Contact by email at

  • Matea Radic

    Matea Radic is a visual artist and animator, living and working in Winnipeg, MB. She graduated from the School of Art in 2009 and has been exhibiting and working freelance ever since. Her area of expertise is in drawing and frame-by-frame animation. She can offer technical help with programs such as After Effects and Photoshop. She can also assist with realizing designs for promotional materials (posters, social media content. etc.) Please contact by email at   

  • Reva Stone

    Reva Stone works with emerging technologies to create computer-assisted installations. She has mentored through MAWA and has vast experience applying for exhibitions and managing an art career.  She can provide feedback on work in progress, pose pertinent questions and suggest directions to consider.  Contact by email at

  • Suzie Smith

    Suzie Smith is an interdisciplinary artist who focuses on print media that expands into installation, sculpture and video. Her work as been shown in a number of solo exhibitions across Canada and in group shows internationally. In addition to her own practice she is a founding member of Parameter Press. She has taught classes at the University for Manitoba, Martha Street Studio and Red River College and been a mentor through MAWA and ACI. As a Mentor on the Fly, she can provide guidance in a number of different areas such as printmaking, Photoshop, artwork critique and professional advice. Contact by email at